When you browse and buy in person, paragraph and place are joined forever

I can certainly remember where I was when I first encountered a great many of my favourite books. I never meant to keep these memories; I seem to have had no say in the matter. The bookstores, my mind decided, were important: the setting for a bildungsroman… More here. Interesting that books can be tied … Continue reading When you browse and buy in person, paragraph and place are joined forever

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

Keefe brilliantly explores the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, examines whether a whistleblower who dared to expose money laundering at a Swiss bank is a hero or a fabulist, spends time in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, chronicles the quest to bring down a cheerful international black market arms merchant, and profiles a passionate death … Continue reading Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

Surveillance State

It is a story born in Silicon Valley and America’s “War on Terror,” and now playing out in alarming ways on China’s remote Central Asian frontier. As ethnic minorities in a border region strain against Party control, China’s leaders have built a dystopian police state that keeps millions under the constant gaze of security forces … Continue reading Surveillance State

The Kindle Scribe

With a 10.2-inch, 300 ppi glare-free Paperwhite display, Kindle Scribe is perfect for reading and writing, even in direct sunlight. The large display gives you room to take notes or write a diary entry and makes it easy to adjust font size and margin width for improved reading comfort. Writing on Kindle Scribe feels like … Continue reading The Kindle Scribe

What dictates eBook pricing?

Digital books used to be really affordable and this helped the e-reader industry grow. Amazon pioneered the concept of paying $9.99 for a new ebook, from a major publisher the day it was released. This made ebooks way cheaper than paperbacks and significently more affordable than the hardcover. Amazon was losing money on every ebook … Continue reading What dictates eBook pricing?

From Misery to Meaning

Why do so many go through so much disruption in their middle years? Why then? What does it mean and how can we survive it? The Middle Passage shows how we can pass through midlife consciously, rendering the second half of life all the richer and more meaningful… More here. A highly enlightening book which … Continue reading From Misery to Meaning

Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed

We are living in an age of heightened individualism. Success is a personal responsibility. Our culture tells us that to succeed is to be slim, rich, happy, extroverted, popular – flawless. The pressure to conform to this ideal has changed who we are. We have become self-obsessed. And our expectation of perfection comes at a … Continue reading Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed

The HUAWEI MatePad Paper

There’s more than just books though, as this seems like a fully-functioning productivity device with emails, calendars, certain apps available to download from the Huawei App Gallery, handwriting conversion (using the stylus), connectivity between the Paper and a smartphone or PC, voice recording, video playback and more… More here. Almost. This does look good, but … Continue reading The HUAWEI MatePad Paper

Buy your books from Waterstones, not WH Smith

“When the last Richard Osman came out, Penguin bought the number one spot on all WH Smith in-store bestseller charts so it had to be displayed as the bestseller in every single store, whether it actually was or not,” Barry Pierce, who worked at the retailer from 2020 to 2021, recently claimed on social media… … Continue reading Buy your books from Waterstones, not WH Smith

You can’t replace the feel of turning a real page

That trend undermines the tech companies’ seductive promises that apps and platforms will always and inevitably eclipse physical objects. The unexpected triumph of printed books – partly a result of their enhanced design values – proves that not all upgrades represent progress… More here. I kind of like this trend, but it most certainly does … Continue reading You can’t replace the feel of turning a real page

Anne E Currie’s “Panopticon” series, books 1 and 2 reviewed

The books are set in the relatively near future – 2025 onwards – and revolve around three key events: the creation of the Panopticon, the all-seeing surveillance state, which some love and some hate. Crime is almost – but not entirely – wiped out.the “Hot Summer” of 2036. The author describes this as “The Hot … Continue reading Anne E Currie’s “Panopticon” series, books 1 and 2 reviewed

Why the iPad mini 6 is (not) the perfect e-reader

There are always books that sound interesting to me, both fiction and non-fiction, and I buy a few per year, but I rarely get a chance to immerse myself in them. The iPad mini 6 has changed that, though, and I’ve read more since owning one than I had for a long time prior. It’s … Continue reading Why the iPad mini 6 is (not) the perfect e-reader

Is the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 (11th generation) worth the money?

Yes. Yes it is. The new Paperwhite does look and feel like the previous Paperwhite, and the one before that and so on. A Kindle, however, does not need to surprise with amazing new features and clever tricks because to do so would be to negate what they are design to be, which is to … Continue reading Is the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 (11th generation) worth the money?

The Lightless Sky

The boy who fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers is now a young man intent on changing the world. His story is a deeply harrowing and incredibly inspiring tale of our times… More here. Some people commenting on this today would benefit from reading this book.

Reading nook ideas

Reading nook ideas can take advantage of a home’s features such as a bay window or an alcove. But they can equally be designed into a square or rectangular room, allowing these regularly shaped spaces to provide the cozy surroundings you crave. A reading nook should be intimate, so creating one or even a few … Continue reading Reading nook ideas

The original 1851 reviews of Moby-Dick

“To convey an adequate idea of a book of such various merits as that which the author of Typee and Omoo has here placed before the reading public, is impossible in the scope of a review. High philosophy, liberal feeling, abstruse metaphysics popularly phrased, soaring speculation, a style as many-coloured as the theme, yet always … Continue reading The original 1851 reviews of Moby-Dick

Do They Know It’s Christmas Yet?: They took a trip back to 1984 and broke it.

Thirty-somethings Tash and her brother Jamie didn’t mean to time travel back to October 1984, but bizarrely they did on the very day that Bob Geldof watched the BBC news report which moved him to form Band Aid and record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Except their arrival caused him to miss it. So because … Continue reading Do They Know It’s Christmas Yet?: They took a trip back to 1984 and broke it.

Berlin U-Bahn Architecture & Design Map

The fifth in our series of public transport design guides, our Berlin U-Bahn Architecture & Design Map is now shipping. Written and curated by transport design historian Dr Verena Pfeiffer-Kloss, with original photography by Nigel Green, this two-sided cartographic guide offers fascinating insight into the U-Bahn’s 20th century architecture and graphic design for transport lovers, … Continue reading Berlin U-Bahn Architecture & Design Map

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